The impact of stand-biased desks in classrooms on calorie expenditure in children. Academic Article uri icon


  • Childhood obesity is a public health concern with significant health and economic impacts. We conducted a prospective experimental study in 4 classrooms in central Texas to determine the effect of desks that encourage standing rather than sitting on caloric expenditure in children. Students were monitored with calorie expenditure-measuring arm-bands worn for 10 days in the fall and spring. The treatment group experienced significant increases in calorie expenditure over the control group, a finding that has implications for policy and practice.

published proceedings

  • Am J Public Health

altmetric score

  • 487.248

author list (cited authors)

  • Benden, M. E., Blake, J. J., Wendel, M. L., & Huber, J. C.

citation count

  • 65

complete list of authors

  • Benden, Mark E||Blake, Jamilia J||Wendel, Monica L||Huber, John C

publication date

  • August 2011